There’s no better way to refine teaching skills than through hands-on experience within a professional learning community.
The year-long Apprentice Teacher fellowship supports qualified teachers who have recently graduated from a teacher education program. Our apprentice teachers believe that all students can learn and grow, and they demonstrate a student-centred, technology-enabled approach to learning that focuses on impact. Apprentice teachers are enthusiastic, energetic and collaborative and are eager to embrace Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s progressive approach.
Working alongside an experienced teacher, apprentice teachers further develop:
Classroom management skills
Strategies that support personalized learning
Action research skills
Teachers in this program also gain confidence in their ability to facilitate learning experiences and create positive and productive learning environments.
Outside of the classroom, apprentice teachers enrich student life by participating in Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s Outdoor Education program, coaching athletics teams and supervising service learning and other co-curricular activities.
"I had the opportunity to work alongside teachers with much more experience. From watching them teach, I was able to think about what I would implement in my own classrooms in the future."
Winnie Quach Apprentice Teacher
OISE Certificate Program
In partnership with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ delivers an OISE Continuing and Professional Learning(CPL) course connecting research in personalized learning to the Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ experience. This course is run out the Centre for Teaching and Learning; it's unique to Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ and earns successful participants the OISE CPL certificate Teacher Induction: Applying the Research to Designing and Delivering Impactful Learning.
Apprentice teachers meet weekly with Executive Director Mary Gauthier to discuss a topic connected to personalized learning (previous examples includethe teen brainand learning, grouping students by readiness and relational teaching). At the end of the year, our apprentice teachers reflect on their own practice through an action research project that focusseson designing and implementing personalized learning.
“Applying the Research to Designing and Delivering Impactful Learning course is intended for teachers who are committed to enhancing teaching and learning and building global competencies in themselves and their students," says Evelyn Wilson, Associate Director Learning Solutions, PreK-12 at OISE. "The feedback from learners in the course is powerful! Testimonials speak to the competencies that are refined and enhanced through a Theory of Action focus with a supportive mentor coach, in a professional learning community.”
“The feedback from learners in thecourse is powerful! Testimonials speak to the competencies that are refined and enhanced through a Theory of Action focus with a supportive mentor coach, in a professional learning community.”
-Evelyn Wilson, Assoc. Director Learning Solutions PreK-12 OISE @ U of T
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.